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Blue Haze at Blue Hour – Blue Mountains

Blue Haze at Blue Hour

It’s twilight (aka blue hour) and as the sun sets off to one side of the horizon, darkness begins to takeover, and a blue mist lingering over the valley becomes more visible.

This phenomenon is where the Blue Mountains receives it’s name, and is caused by the oil bearing eucalyptus trees releasing fine droplets of eucalyptus oil mixed with dust particles and water vapour.

Standing at a lookout in Wentworth Falls, off to the distance we can see Mount Solitary. It is surrounded by Jamison Valley to the left and Narrow Neck Plateau to the right.

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Sydney Panorama

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Metropolis, SYD

Another place I call home, so many of Sydney’s landmarks can be seen from here including (from left to right) St. Mary’s Cathedral, Centrepoint tower, Fort Denison, QVB, Sydney Opera House, Anzac Bridge, The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Xizha Watertown, Wuzhen – Venice of the East

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Xizha Watertown – Venice of the East

A picturesque ancient water town in Wuzhen that has more than 1300 years of history, built south of the Yangtze River, these canals divide the town into 6 districts.

Delicate wood carvings and stonework decorate the bridges, streets and buildings.

A town rich in culture that can be seen to this day, with unique food and various folk festivals, it is also the home of Chinese literature, many famous poets and calligraphers moved here to pursue their dreams.

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Hong Kong – The Top of The Peak

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Top of The Peak!

It was a 3km hike from the tourist area of The Peak to get to this location where the telecommunication towers of HK are. The elevation is about 554m above sea level, but not the highest point of HK, to which Tai Mo Shan holds that title. Here can be seen views of Lamma Island, Central, Victoria Harbour and the surrounding islands.

The air was so fresh up here! People here were enjoying the sights, hiking, chilling out and doing tai chi and taking pictures. I was thankful the sky was so clear after a typhoon blew all the smog and clouds away for my photographic expedition.

 

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Shanghai Pudong Skyline Panorama

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Metropolis, SHA

I took this shot from The Bund, over looking the Hangpu River onto the stunning Pudong district skyline.
It’s not often we get a clear day in Shanghai! Pudong is usually covered in smog and fog.

It was summer holidays and the city was packed with mainland Chinese tourists, all wanting to get shots of this magnificent view.

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Suzhou Chongyuan Taoist Temple pagoda

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Taoist Contemplation

My favourite shot of the day, sadly the actual Chongyuan Temple in Suzhou (which houses China’s largest Quanyin Statue) was closed for re-construction.
It’s been around for 1,500 years so I’ll forgive them for closing it during my holidays there!

In a short 30 minute window I had to capture as many quality shots of the Chongyuan Temple grounds. This spot caught my eye as I was jogging past it, which had a nice warm sun-lit pagoda showing off its beautiful colours and had a calming and meditative feeling. I decided to do a 9 shot panoramic capture to create this image.

 

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Hua Hin Beach Sunrise shoot

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First-Light Silence

Dogs sleeping, monks walking, fishermen setting sail and a few tourists and locals enjoying the stillness and silence of the early morning.

Hua Hin is a beach resort district where royalty stays on a permanent bases or during the summer holidays, and has lots of beautiful scenery and tourist attractions, another jewel of Thailand.

The rock formation off in the background is Hua Hin’s ‘Stonehead’ which in fact, is the English translation of ‘Hua Hin’. A temple is also mounted on this stone-head, where the monks walk on the beach to gather donations, As well as a few hotels, restaurants and Buddhist statues.

There wasn’t much time for me to capture images in Thailand, plus the weather was abysmal, but I did dedicate one morning to go out to the beach while in Hua Hin. Luckily the gods cut me a break, and it was a pretty magical morning, enough time to get some shots before the clouds covered the skies. The sun-rise was covered by the low hanging clouds along the horizon so it wasn’t completely ideal, but was definitely worth going out to capture the silence before the sunrise.

Special thanks to Mr. Long for taking us out that morning and a having my family over during our stay.

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